Essex Red Raiders

Bulldogs now 2-5-1 after a win and a tie last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs are now 2-5-1 on the WECSSAA boys hockey season after a win and a tie last week.

The Bulldogs’ first game of the week was a 6-4 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers last Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. Owen Schipper led the way with three goals while Brandon Salvati had a pair. Aiden Bastien also scored for General Amherst.

“We had a great game and the boys played hard,” said Schipper. “It was a good team effort.”

General Amherst’s Owen Schipper takes a shot during last Tuesday afternoon’s game against the Kingsville Cavaliers. Schipper had a hat trick in the game, which was a 6-4 victory for the Bulldogs.

Schipper said linemates Jacob Peddie and Jacob Howson helped him out. He added that they are trying to pile up points in the second half of the season as they are trying to win the WECSSAA title.

Bulldogs head coach Pat Garrett said they had almost everyone in the lineup, an accomplishment this year as they have been missing players for one reason or another.

Garrett also said they are trying to pick up points this month, noting they play schools closer to General Amherst’s size.

“It would be nice to get on a roll heading into the playoffs,” he said, adding he was “very happy” with the win over Kingsville.

The Bulldogs returned to the Libro Centre last Thursday afternoon and came away with a 2-2 tie with Essex. Josh Peddie and Schipper had the goals in that game.

The Bulldogs were at home to St. Joseph Tuesday after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They also play Sandwich at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle Thursday at 2:30 p.m. before finishing the regular season on the road next Monday with a 3:30 p.m. game versus Brennan at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

Bulldogs drop to 0-4 after two home court losses last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs are 0-4 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 senior boys basketball season, but it’s not for lack of effort.

The Bulldogs most recent game was a 55-37 defeat at the hands of the visiting Essex Red Raiders last Thursday night. Ty Queen led the Bulldogs in scoring with ten points with Riley Sesto scoring seven. Matthew Wismer and Lucas Caradonna each had five points.

General Amherst kept the game close as they trailed by only two points, 19-17, at the half. However, Essex erupted with 22 points in the third quarter, many coming from beyond the three-point line, to pull away.

“They battled,” said General Amherst head coach Frank Palumbo, of his team.

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto puts up a shot as Essex’s Brent Davison defends. Essex won 55-37.

General Amherst lost by about 40 points to the talented Essex squad at a tournament, Palumbo added, so he did see improvement in the Bulldogs.

“We played hard defensively,” he said. “In order to stay in the game, we had to box out all the time. As soon as we missed one, they made us pay. (Essex) is a good team.”

The Bulldogs have only eight players on this year’s senior boys team and one was unavailable against the Red Raiders. Palumbo said they practice with the junior team and do their best despite being short on players.

“They are committed,” stated Palumbo. “They didn’t give up. They work hard.”

This year’s Bulldogs are made up of all Grade 11 players, except one, and he is in Grade 10. Palumbo said their goal was to make the playoffs and they are managing to stay in most games thus far despite a tough early season schedule.

General Amherst is committed to getting better and Palumbo said they have shown a lot of heart thus far.

The Bulldogs other game last week was a 63-49 loss to Westview Freedom Academy last Tuesday at General Amherst. Sesto had 17 points in that game with Caradonna adding 13 and Matteo Palumbo seven.

The lone game for General Amherst this week was in Leamington against the Lions Tuesday, after the printedition of the River Town Times went to press. They will then be off for the Christmas holidays with their first game in 2019 being at home Jan. 15 versus Cardinal Carter.

Bulldogs fall short in WECSSAA “AA” boys soccer final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team got to the WECSSAA “AA” final but fell just short of a league title.

The Essex Red Raiders claimed the Windsor-Essex County championship at the “AA” level with a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs last Thursday evening. The game was played on a neutral field, specifically the turf field at Academie Ste. Cecile private school in south Windsor.

Essex used first half goals from Tyler Zsebok and Jackson Moore to win and take the title. General Amherst advanced to the finals after wins over top ranked schools such as Cardinal Carter and Riverside.

“We had a really hard working game,” said General Amherst head coach Gavin Blunt. “We couldn’t get the bounces we needed. (Essex) got lucky on a couple of bounces at the beginning on their (first) goal. We worked hard. We’re not used to going down two goals so early.”

General Amherst’s Cole Chittle tries to work around an Essex player last Thursday night.

Spencer Petrozzi, one of General Amherst’s assistant coaches, gave credit to the Red Raiders for their effort.

“We were chasing the game from the start,” said Petrozzi. “We never got settled. Essex played well. They deserved to win.”

The Bulldogs advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” final with victories over Cardinal Carter and Riverside. Blunt said those teams played in WECSSAA’s Tier 1 division this past regular season with the Bulldogs being a Tier 2 team.

General Amherst will lose a “good amount” of players either to graduation or players moving out of the area. Blunt said this year’s team was mainly returning players from last year but they will need other players to step up next season as they move into Tier 1 themselves.

“We’ll be playing against the best,” said Blunt.

Blunt added that this year “was a good experience for the boys” but acknowledged after last Thursday’s game that “we didn’t get what we came here for.”

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Lady Gens advance in girls soccer playoffs

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team entered the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs undefeated and won their first playoff game.

The final regular season game was May 8 at the Libro Centre and while they kept their undefeated season alive, they left somewhat disappointed with the outcome. The Lady Gens finished the regular season 6-0-2 with a 2-2 tie with Lamothe-Cadillac.

Madison Salvati and Vanessa Pidutti scored the goals for General Amherst.

Coach Mark Sweet said it was a harder than anticipated game for the Lady Gens.

“I think that’s a clear example of overconfidence,” he said.

Kennedy Gault boots the ball up the field during General Amherst’s game against Lamothe-Cadillac last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens had to settle for a 2-2 tie in that game but their first playoff game was a 1-0 win over the Essex Red Raiders.

Sweet pointed out they still came out of the game undefeated but noted they were sluggish and slow to the ball at times against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“We were very reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

The Lady Gens made about three key mistakes, Sweet added, and two of them ended up in the net.

General Amherst’s Halle Higgins (right) brings the ball up the field during last Tuesday’s game at the Libro Centre against Lamothe-Cadillac. The Lady Gens settled for a 2-2 tie but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Essex two days later in their first playoff game.

“You win as a team and you lose as a team,” he added.

General Amherst opened the playoffs at home two days later against the visiting Essex Red Raiders. Amherst recorded a 1-0 win with Jenna Fiala scoring the game’s only goal. They advanced to play the Sandwich Sabres with that game being played in LaSalle this past Tuesday afternoon.

Bulldogs advance to WECSSAA “AA” boys hockey final

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs boys hockey team has advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” finals.

The Bulldogs won the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semi-final series with the Essex Red Raiders thanks to a 5-1 victory Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The teams played a scoreless first period but second period goals from Cole Zelle, Isaac Hammond and Josh DiCarlo put the Bulldogs in command heading for the third. Max Clifford’s two third period goals sandwiched Essex’s only goal and put the game away for the Bulldogs.

“That’s more like it,” said General Amherst head coach Pat Garrett. “It’s nice to move on and be in the finals.”

General Amherst forward Brock Beaudoin attempts a wraparound during the first game of the best-of-three series vs. Essex. Amherst lost Game 1 3-2 but won the series with wins in Game 2 (2-1 in OT) and Game 3 (5-1).

The Bulldogs are one step closer to OFSAA, and Garrett said he would like the Bulldogs to advance to the provincial tournament especially for the younger players who haven’t already been there.

Zelle said it felt good to advance.

“After we lost the first game, we came in focused in the next game and we knew we could beat them,” said Zelle. “Today, once we got the first (goal), all the guys were rolling.”

The Bulldogs are playing with confidence and Zelle added “we’re ready for whoever comes next.”

Bulldogs advance to WECSSAA “AA” boys hockey final.

A third game was necessary thanks to a three-minute stretch of the third period in Game 1 last Wednesday in Amherstburg. After Lee Sinasac and DiCarlo gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead after two periods in that game, Essex scored twice in the first 40 seconds of the third period of that game and another just moments later to take the lead and eventually win 3-2.

“Everyone got back on their heels,” Garrett said. “I still think we had a lot of opportunities in the third. I think we outshot them.”

General Amherst tied the series last Thursday in Essex thanks to a 2-1 overtime win. DiCarlo scored 1:29 into overtime to give the Bulldogs the win with Hammond scoring the other goal.

“It feels good. We talked about getting to the finals all year,” DiCarlo said after Game 2. “We were prepared for the game. It helped a lot.”

DiCarlo said they played well defensively, limited Essex’s scoring chances and tightened up their game.

The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Belle River-L’Essor series, with Game 1 scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Amherstburg.